The Blue Oval’s world car is still going strong

The Ford Mondeo is spending a lot of time in front of the cameras these days. After being spotted frolicking in the snow in Sweden a few months ago, the Mondeo is back doing test runs, this time in the friendlier climate of Southern Europe. It’s also a different body type — it’s a wagon! — than the Mondeo prototype a few months ago, but the location of the camouflage remains the same, so the front and rear sections are still matters of speculation. Still, we get a good look at the Mondeo wagon’s entire body, giving us an indication of what to expect when it comes out.

2019 Ford Mondeo Exterior

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The edges of the front grille are also covered in camo, and from the looks of it, the grille itself will be entirely new

There are a number of reasons why an automaker covers little space on a test prototype. One of those reasons is that there aren’t that many changes made to the car and the only ones that got some updates are the covered sections. That appears to be the case with the Ford Mondeo because, from all angles, the wagon looks to carry the same design as its predecessor.

That said, the covered areas suggest that changes are afoot in those places. It’s not a surprise that the whole front section is covered in camouflage. A new front bumper design could be one of those reasons, and you can see through some of the cuts and angles on the wrap that Ford is giving the Mondeo updates in that section. The edges of the front grille are also covered in camo, and from the looks of it, the grille itself will be entirely new, though not as new as to have a completely different design from what we’re used to from the Blue Oval.

The rear lights appear to have been given subtle tweaks in their design. It’s hard to make out with the wraps draped all around it, but it the design of the rear lights look bigger and more rounded than the ones found in the current version of the Mondeo.

Regardless of what your eyes see, the new Mondeo’s design shouldn’t be too far a departure from the current version. If anything, it remains to be seen if the changes Ford made in its design are significant enough to notice at first glance.

2019 Ford Mondeo Interior

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The cabin should retain a lot of its conservative touch, largely because the market that buys this model doesn’t particularly care about luxury trims in their cars

I don’t expect too many changes to happen inside the Ford Mondeo. I also don’t expect Ford to get too ambitious in its treatment of this section. The truth is, the Ford Mondeo’s cabin isn’t going to win any design or luxury awards. That’s ok, though, because it’s not supposed to get overboard in those aspects either.

The cabin should retain a lot of its conservative touch, largely because the market that buys this model doesn’t particularly care about luxury trims in their cars. There should still be a good amount of high-quality matte plastics throughout the interior. That was one of Ford’s biggest improvements on the last version of the car, and it gave the Mondeo’s cabin a more grown-up look to it. Expect something similar with the new wagon.

Speaking of expectations, Ford’s SYNC touchscreen should still hold court as one of the most important elements in the cabin of the wagon. That’s more important than any surface-level change because of the number of new features and technologies that Ford is currently developing for its fleet of models.

The overall design should also remain clean and consistent with our expectations. The truth is, we don’t expect a lot from the Mondeo’s interior. But it does help to know that Ford has moved on from drowning the model in cheap plastic. There’s far more aesthetic potential here, and we expect the updated model to carry through on that potential.

2019 Ford Mondeo Drivetrain

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The Ford Mondeo should still feature a number of powertrain options, beginning with a 1.5-liter TDCI unit that produces somewhere in the region of 150 horsepower

The Ford Mondeo should still feature a number of powertrain options, beginning with a 1.5-liter TDCI unit that produces somewhere in the region of 150 horsepower. A bigger 2.0-liter TDCI engine should also still be available, albeit in a number of different states of tune. It’s unclear if Ford’s going to give the new Mondeo any improvements in power, but the current model does have offer output as 190 horsepower and 238 horsepower for the bi-turbo unit. A hybrid model should also be in the cards. Details are still scarce on this particular powertrain, but if the Mondeo adopts what the Fusion already has, then the hybrid model should get roughly 20 percent longer electric-only range when it hits the streets.

One of the biggest changes to come to the Mondeo is the inclusion of a new transmission. Ford has yet to confirm this, but if the Mondeo continues to adopt the same changes as the Euro-spec Ford Edge — most of the powertrain options are included in the Edge — then it’s possible that an eight-speed automatic transmission will take the reins from the six-speed automatic transmission that is somehow still being used today despite its rather advanced age.

If it really is the eight-speed that we’re looking forward to, expect it to channel the power that the Mondeo has at its disposal to the front wheels. Some engines and trim levels could get an optional all-wheel-drive system, too.

Far from the technical machinations of the engine options are the expected introduction of advanced safety systems on the facelifted Mondeo. These additions are arguably the most important changes to the new model because they include the driver assist system Ford Co-Pilot360, probably the most advanced driver assist system in the market that includes features like automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot information system, and lane keeping system, among other features.

2019 Ford Mondeo Prices

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Depending on the trim, the Ford Mondeo should be priced anywhere from €23,000 to €35,000. That converts to around $27,000 to just above $40,000 based once current exchange rates. Remember that these prices aren’t official, but based on expected price increases brought about by a number of different factors, it wouldn’t be a shock if the new Mondeo’s price tag falls in this neighborhood.

At the very least, it would still represent a cheaper option than most other wagons made by German automakers like Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz.

2019 Ford Mondeo Competition

Hyundai i30 Wagon

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The Ford Mondeo and the Hyundai i30 Wagon share a few similarities, one of which is that they go by different names in the U.S (the Mondeo is the Fusion, and the i30 is the Elantra). In addition, the Mondeo and the i30 Wagon also share the compact wagon stage, making them rivals in this segment. The i30 Wagon comes with three different engine options. On the gasoline front, the wagon carries a 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine that produces 118 horsepower. If that doesn’t suit you, there’s also a 1.4-liter unit that has 138 horsepower on tap. Opt for the diesel, and you’re getting a 1.6-liter mill that has 108 horsepower at its disposal. That’s plenty of choices to go around for a wagon that’s priced competitively compared to the Mondeo. The starting price for the i30 Wagon in Europe sits just north of €20,000, which converts to about $24,000. That price range extends up to €25,000 depending on the options and accessories you choose. That converts to just under $30,000 based on current exchange rates.

Read our full review on the 2017 Hyundai i30 Wagon.

Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen

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It’s easy to look at the Ford Mondeo and say that it competes against the likes of the BMW 3 Series Wagon or the Audi A4 Avant. But that’s not fair to the Blue Oval wagon because the two German vehicles belong in a more premium segment. With respect, then, to the Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen because this is a model that fits more into the same market as the Mondeo. Fortunately for the VW, it has a lot of advantages over the Ford, not the least of which is a bigger 1.8-liter turbocharged engine that produces a tidy 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. It’s not going to win any drag races, but compared to what the Mondeo has under its hood, it might as well be a rocket carrying a wagon’s body. The Mondeo, and the i30 Wagon, for that matter, benefit from having a more modern design than the Golf Sportwagen. But, if you want the best returns for the money that you’re spending — the VW wagon costs anywhere from $22,000 to $30,000 — you’re not going to find a more suitable model than the Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen.

Read our full review on the 2018 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen

Conclusion

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The Ford Mondeo has had a successful life so, clearly, it’s doing something right. Now in the middle of its fourth generation, the trusted and reliable model is getting a much-needed update in its wagon form. It’s too early to tell if this update is going to elevate the model to the top of its segment, but with the expected improvements in technology and safety systems, Ford’s making a compelling case for its compact wagon to make a name for itself in the face of stiff competition in the European market. Here’s to hoping, then, that when the updated Mondeo comes out, it lives up to a lot of people’s expectations.

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    • * Lack of significant aesthetic upgrades could be a curse
    • * Engine options aren’t worth getting excited about
    • * Competition is stiff so it has to be in its ’A’ game

Further reading

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Read our full review on the previous generation Ford Mondeo.

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